'''The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne''', the oldest provincial Antiquarian#Antiquarian societies|antiquarian society
in England, was founded in 1813.
It is a Charitable organization|registered charity
under English law.
It has had a long-standing interest in the archaeology of the North East England|north-east of England
, particularly of Hadrian's Wall
, but also covering prehistoric and medieval periods, as well as industrial archaeology
. It has also maintained an interest in the traditional music of the north-east of England, and particularly the Northumbrian smallpipes
The Society maintains several important collections. Its archaeological collection is held at the Great North Museum
; its bagpipe collection, based on the collection assembled by William Alfred Cocks|William Cocks
, is held at in Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
; its collection of manuscripts is held at the...